Celebrating Black History Month
More than 100 years ago, what became Black History Month was established by Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson. February was selected to coincide with the birthday of Frederick Douglass (Feb. 15). ANAC has chosen to celebrate Black History Month by providing and promoting a series of events and resources that shine a light on past and current contributions of African Americans to nursing, HIV care, research and healthcare. Here are some of our upcoming events and initiatives to celebrate this important month.
JANAC releases curated collection for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
In the United States, Black and African American communities are disproportionately impacted by HIV. National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is observed Feb. 7 each year to increase awareness and highlight the work being done to reduce HIV in these communities. In tandem, JANAC has released a curated collection of some of the articles that explore a wide variety of topics across the HIV care continuum that affect Black Americans.
NBNA hosts webinar on HIV risk in Black communities
ANAC members Sheldon Fields and Dorcas Baker will present an important webinar, Understanding and Addressing HIV Risk in Black Communities, on Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. ET. This webinar is hosted by the National Black Nurses AssociationClick here to register and for more information.
ANAC and AAHIVM host webinar on medical mistrust in Black communities
Join us and the Academy of HIV Medicine (AAHIVM) for a webinar discussing Medical Mistrust and Distrust: Past and Present on Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. EST. Speakers include Michelle Ogle, MD, FAAP, AAHIVS and Deborah Wafer, PA, RNP. Panelists include Sheldon D. Fields, PhD, RN, FAAN, Doris Browne, MD, MPH and Ace Robinson, MHL, MPH. This webinar is being held in conjunction with the All of Us Research Program. Stay tuned for registration details.
Celebrating nurse pioneers, past and present
Later this month, ANAC will highlight Black nurse leaders, both past and present, that continue to contribute to the field and overcome adversity. We honor them today, and every day. 

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National Commission to Address Racism in Nursing launched last month
The National Commission to Address Racism in Nursing was launched on Jan. 25. The commission will examine the issue of racism within nursing nationwide and describe the impact on nurses, patients, communities and health care systems to motivate all nurses to confront systemic racism. We will communicate their work and findings to you.
StoryCorps releases special collection for Black History Month
In honor of Black History Month, StoryCorps released a collection of stories that feature Black voices in conversations about Black history, identity, struggles and joy. Check out the collection and consider recording your own story using the StoryCorps App or StoryCorps Connect.